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Volume VI, Issue 1

JANUARY 2012

Looking ahead to 2012 spring planting Farm economist urges efficiency to manage costs

A farmer prepares his field for spring planting in 2011 in this Iowa Farm and Ranch file photo. The same farmer will see some increase in input costs, according to Iowa State University farm economist Dr. Michael Duffy. Photo by Gordon Wolf

by Greg Forbes Although winter weather appears to be just beginning, in a few months spring will arrive, and with spring comes the planting season with its production inputs. Prices for fertilizer, seed corn, pesticide and even land are at all time highs but remain necessary when managing a farm. The root of high costs, according Dr. Michael Duffy, farm economist at Iowa State University, is fuel. A farm simply cannot run without fuel. Duffy said it is a fact that production costs for corn and soybeans are up 10 and 15 percent respectively from last year but cautioned farmers to remain responsible despite high prices. “Use good judgment,” Duffy said. “Even though costs are high, now is not the time to abandon good management.”

Duffy said a way to manage high costs is to be efficient. He encouraged farmers to use the appropriate seed type; be aware of the planting depth; maintain good, sound pest management; and to not make unnecessary trips across the field. “It’s always important that farmers carefully evaluate what they’re doing,” he said. Even with high production costs, Duffy said the projected cost of corn per bushel shows farmers can still make a profit but, again, only if they continue to watch prices and manage with the best judgment. After evaluating production costs for 2012, Duffy also said he did not notice many dramatic price increases in pesticide, seed corn and fertilizer mainly because the price of fuel has stayed steady recently. However, land rent has jumped nearly 20 percent compared to last year due

to the spike in land costs. Landlords might charge more to tenants to meet the cost of their land; Duffy said rent will be higher everywhere. A farmer on rented land needs to be aware of costs before signing a lease. “It’s important to not forget business practices and to evaluate all purchases,” Duffy said. “The bottom line is that people need to be very careful about their rents and avoid paying more than they can afford.” “The bottom line” for farmers, as Duffy mentioned several times, is to settle down and use good judgment. Farmers have to be aware of every cost and purchase and the weather because good decision making may be the difference between profit and failure. “Don’t expect an extraordinary yield,” he stated. “Plan for average and if we can get above average, then we did great.”


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Biodiesel production rising IRFA expects a big year in 2012 by Greg Forbes After a record setting year in 2011, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) hopes biodiesel plants will continue their high production numbers in 2012. Just a year after shutting down production completely, Iowa biodiesel plants combined to produce more than 250 million gallons in 2011. The resurgence in 2011 resulted from the reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit. According to IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw, the tax credit and the renewable fuel standard (RFS) increased demand for biodiesel. Since the tax credit ran out at the end of 2011 at the peak of production, Shaw said Congress needed to renew it as soon as possible. “Plants were running at a much higher rate late in the year,” he said. “If we can maintain that productivity, we can increase production and even set another record. But there is so much uncertainty surrounding the tax credit.” With a renewed tax credit and the RFS in place, Shaw believes 2012 might equal or surpass the record-setting numbers of 2011.

“Biodiesel is a young industry with a great infrastructure,” he said. “It has a long ways to go but they (tax credit and RFS) will help get it mainstream.” However, Shaw understands that factors other than the tax credit and RFS influence production. He said the price of oil and animal fats have a great impact on biodiesel production. Overall, Shaw expects 2012 to be a highly productive year but only if biodiesel producers continue to work at 2011’s level. “2011 was very strong but we’re trying not to be naïve,” he said. “You can’t do anything well if you ignore challenges.” Shaw added that aside from hard work, cooperation with Congress is also vital to continued success. “2012 can and should do better,” he said. “But we need policies in place and we need markets to work with us.”

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Renewable fuels group elects new officers, executive committee The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) announced its new 2012 board of directors officers and executive committee elected during its annual meeting on December 8. Each producer member has a seat on the board and votes on officers. New officers will serve a one-year term during the 2012 calendar year. The 2012 IRFA board of directors officers are: President Brad Albin, Renewable Energy Group Vice President Rick Schwarck, Absolute Energy Treasurer - Steve Bleyl, Green Plains Renewable Energy Secretary - Brian Cahill, Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy Executive Director - Monte Shaw (non-voting) The IRFA executive committee is comprised of the IRFA officers and other members as elected by the board. Elect-

ed to join the IRFA officers on the executive committee for 2012 are: Past President - Walt Wendland, Golden Grain Energy At-Large - Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel At-Large - Craig Willis, ADM “2011 ended with ethanol and biodiesel refineries running strong,” said IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw. “The next 12 months are full of opportunity, but very real challenges at the same time. Empowering consumer fuel choice by expanding E15 and biodiesel infrastructure will be vital to the continued success of Iowa’s renewable fuels community.” Iowa is the leader in renewable fuels production. Iowa has 41 ethanol refineries capable of producing nearly 3.7 billion gallons annually. In addition, Iowa has 14 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce 320 million gallons annually. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association was formed in 2002 to represent the state’s ethanol and biodiesel producers. The trade group fosters the development and growth of the renewable fuels industry in Iowa through education, promotion, legislation and infrastructure development.

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results of the oil monopoly on the U.S. economy,� said Lucy Norton, IRFA managing director. “His message of consumer fuel choice will make clear how flex-fuel vehicles and renewable fuels can play a significant role in reducing our country’s dangerous foreign oil dependence.� Prior to serving as President Reagan’s National Security Advisor, McFarlane was appointed as the President’s Special Representative in the Middle East. After numerous

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Working and weather Winter for farmers is usually a time of rest, except when you have livestock. The crops have all been harvested, usually. The machinery has been cleaned and put away for the next year, usually. And by now, a soft blanket of white covers all the land, usually. I say usually to that last one because our land is still a dull brown, waiting to be covered in white. A few years ago, a couple feet of snow was covering everything by now. Looking out my back door, I could see acres of glistening white covering everything. Now, it’s just brown, and with the warm weather, I keep thinking that winter should be almost over, instead of just beginning. I had high hopes for some snow days so I could

stay home and catch up on my cleaning and organizing. But with January half way through, I’m not hopeful. Maybe we’ll have a couple good blizzards in February to cool us down and put some moisture into the ground. My friends in Denison make fun of me for running around without a coat in the middle of winter. I tell them it’s not cold yet. Winters in northwest Iowa, where I grew up, were very cold and very white. I remember having two or three snow days in a row because we couldn’t get scooped out to go anywhere. We learned to stock up on food because, living in a small town, we didn’t have a big supermarket to get the needed groceries. Now that my family lives in the country, I’ve gone back to stocking up.

Last month, my mom was watching our two sons while my husband and I were out of town. They had decided to have hot dogs and mac & cheese for supper, so mom asked my oldest son if we had mac & cheese in the house. He said, “Yes. When we get down to 5 boxes, mom buys more.” After laughing, mom explained to him that it was a good thing to stock up on food when you live in the country just in case you get stuck with nothing in the pantry and a blizzard is passes through. Though, I will concede that perhaps having 20 boxes of mac & cheese in the pantry may be a bit excessive. Can I use the fact that it was on sale as my excuse? Using the winter as a time to rest for farmers reminds me of a story from when my dad worked at an

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a break for a couple minutes, when dad came in and perhaps not-so-nicely told them to get back to work because now was not the time to take breaks. They could take a break during winter. (Remember, this was in his less-thenlaid-back years.) A few years later that classmate had his own farm and was on the other side of the counter as the customer. He called dad to find out when they would be delivering a product to his farm. When dad answered that they would be out as soon as they were done with a break, my classmate replied that they could take a break in the winter because he needed it now. I guess turnabout was fair play. Enjoy your “time off” this winter. Calving and spring work will begin soon enough.

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Ingredients 2 cups ham, chopped 2 cups hashbrown potatoes with peppers and onion, refrigerated or frozen 6 eggs 2 cups bread, torn into 1-inch pieces 1 cup cheddar cheese, cubed ½ cup milk 1 tablespoon olive oil 1½ teaspoons dry mustard ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper ¼ teaspoon salt Instructions 1. In a large mixing bowl whisk eggs, milk, dry mustard, red pepper flakes and salt. Add bread pieces, stirring to combine; set aside. 2. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large 10-inch ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add potatoes and cook until golden and beginning to crisp. Add ham and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes more. 3. Push ham and potatoes to the side of the skillet; pour egg mixture into skillet, stir over heat and when the eggs begin to set up stir together, combining the ham, potatoes and eggs. 4. Stir in cheese and place skillet in a 400 degree F oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and eggs are set. 5. Cut into wedges to serve.

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Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest agriculture exposition coming to CenturyLink Center-Omaha One of the Midwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier indoor farm events, the Triumph of Agriculture Exposition, will take place February 29 and March 1 at the CenturyLink CenterOmaha, 10th and Capitol Avenue, just off I-480. The 46th Annual Farm and Ranch Machinery Show will once again be filled with the latest agricultural innovations, equipment and supplies with more than 900 exhibits for farmers, ranchers and their wives to visit all on one level of more than 200,000 square feet in the state-of-the-art CenturyLink CenterOmaha. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an excellent opportunity to see all types of short-line farm equipment, new products, labor and time-saving ideas all under one roof,â&#x20AC;? said Bob Mancuso, Sr., the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s producer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Triumph of Ag Expo is the best place for farmers to find answers for what they control while taking advantage of the new technologies at the Expo - ranging from machinery to new plant varieties that are available.â&#x20AC;? The farm show is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. Advance free admission tickets can be obtained from exhibitors, county Extension agents, farm machinery and equipment dealers or at the CenturyLink Center-Omaha door.

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SWCC production sale slated for January 29 Students from Southwestern Community College's Livestock Merchandising class are inviting the public to attend their third annual Maternal Paradise Sale beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 29. This production sale will be located at the SWCC Ag Site in Creston (1/4 mile north of main campus on Green Valley Road). In addition to a full line-up of quality purebred and commercial production fe-

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Work begins on ‘12 farm bill by Gordon Wolf With the current farm bill set to expire this year, much speculation has been offered about what the 2012 farm bill will include or will not include, as cuts are anticipated to correspond with an effort to reduce the federal deficit. Last year the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also called the “super committee,” met to cut about $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit but did not come to an agreement in November. The law stated that if an agreement couldn’t be reached by the super committee, spending cuts equal to $1.5 trillion would automatically be taken from defense and domestic spending, said U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (RIA). He continued that defense spending would take half the reduction and domestic spending, including agriculture, would take half. Grassley stated his understanding is that agriculture would take a $14 to $16 billion cut. “If, as some are predicting, the law would be changed to keep the Defense Department from taking too deep of cuts, while maintaining the $1.5 trillion spending cut, agriculture may have to take an even greater reduction,” Grassley wrote in an email in response to questions from Iowa Farm and Ranch. “That number should not exceed the figure of $23 billion (over 10 years)

that was determined by the agriculture committees during the super committee negotiations.” Staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee has already begun initial discussions on the 2012 farm bill, according Grassley. Asked if he would have preferred the super committee to make the cuts in November as opposed to the legislative process this year, Grassley responded, “A risk is associated with taking either road. The deficit reduction committee could have put together a bill that would have left the experts in agriculture – the ag committees – out of the picture. That’s why it was so important that the committees attempt to put together a farm bill that may have not been perfect but might have avoided the risk of even greater cuts to the safety net that could occur as the bill is developed this year.” Grassley said direct payments would have been eliminated in the proposal that would have been submitted to the deficit reduction committee. He hopes the 2012 farm bill will fit into the budget window with the $23 billion in cuts but continued, “It’s hard to know at this point.” Grassley stated that the farm safety net, crop insurance and SNAP (food stamps – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) will likely be at the center of the farm bill debate this year. Grassley also responded to the following questions emailed to him by

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Grassley: Nobody knows at this point. The final farm bill, though, will be quite different than what was developed for the deficit reduction committee. I want to make sure that crop insurance isn’t comprised so much that it’s ineffective. This public-private partnership has already been cut by approximately $12 billion over the last few years, and it’s pretty clear there will be no direct payments in this bill.

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able, consistent supply of food to eat. Direct payments are a thing of the past, but it’s imperative that other forms of the safety net remain in some form to ensure farmers can get through the ups and downs associated with farming.

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Western Iowa experiences dramatic weather in 2011 The past year brought record flooding, heat and rainfall throughout the state. However, western Iowa as a whole was slightly tamer than the rest of the state according to State Climatologist Harry Hillaker’s extensive summary of the top weather events in Iowa. Western Iowa had a milder winter and a drier fall. Fewer 100 degree days were registered in the western half of the state although Spencer recorded the hottest day of the summer. Western Iowa was dry but the driest months, according to Hillaker, came well after growing season had ended. Following are the 2011 weather related events in western Iowa: January 9 through 11 brought the most snow at one time throughout western Iowa. The three-day blizzard yielded a regional high 14.1 inches of snow in Sioux City. Pocahontas experience a foot of snow and Spencer registered 11 inches. Denison also broke double digit inches at 10. Despite the heavy snow, Hillaker said the blizzard lacked the force of the late January event in eastern Iowa. The average wind speed for the January blizzard in western Iowa was just more than 20 miles per hour. Western Iowa experienced 20 tornadoes the afternoon and evening of April 9. Mapleton reported an EF-3 tornado which was the most damag-

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agement, Harms spent many summers with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources as a water patrol officer. Dan Borchardt will be located in the Charles City field office and will cover Floyd, Chickasaw, Howard and Mitchell counties. Borchardt will be transitioning from a wetland specialist position with the Bremer County Soil and Water Conservation District. He received his bachelor of science degree in fish and wildlife biology from Iowa State University and has considerable experience in fish and wildlife management. Chris Hiher will be located in the Manchester field office and will cover Delaware, Buchanan and Dubuque counties. He comes to Pheasants Forever from a similar position with Pheasants Forever in Illinois, where he worked with conservation partners for nearly two years. Hiher received his bachelor of science degree in wildlife from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Hiher grew up on a dairy farm in northwest Illinois. Casey Bergthold will be located in the Donnellson field office and will cover Louisa, Des Moines, Van Buren and Lee counties. Bergthold is a native of Northeast Missouri and has a bachelor of science degree in fisheries and wildlife from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master of science degree in biology from Tennessee Technological University. He spent two years working as a biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, after which he relocated to southeast Iowa in 2010. Since that time, he has worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State University as a biological aide. He also served as an Earth Team Volunteer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Fairfield. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist program has, in just nine years of existence, accounted for more than two million acres of habitat being created or improved for wildlife, and currently staffs more than 90 Farm Bill wildlife biologists throughout the country. For more information on the Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist program in Iowa, contact Ginger Walker, Pheasants Forever’s Prairie Pothole Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist manager at 712-229-8275. For all other inquiries, contact Rehan Nana, public relations specialist for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever at 651209-4973.

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2012 Cornbelt Cow-Calf conference focuses on efficiency The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers is offering a comprehensive package of information to attendees at the January 21 event. The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) has provided timely, accurate and important information to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beef cattle industry for 40 years, and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist Byron Leu said this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference will continue its successful traditions. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program focuses on a variety of topics designed to help producers recognize ways to make their operations more efficient and profitable. From maintaining competitiveness in light of high corn prices to applied approaches to genetics, experts from universities and private industry in the Midwest will be leading these sessions and giving producers valuable information to put into practice on their farms. Darrell Peel from Oklahoma State University will talk about current economic conditions and staying competitive, Bruce Anderson from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present informa-

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ISU names microbiologist to direct Leopold Center A microbiologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been named the next director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Mark Rasmussen, supervisory microbiologist and director of the Division of Animal and Food Microbiology at the FDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Veterinary Medicine in Laurel, Maryland, will begin work no later than June 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Rasmussen brings to us a broadbased background and exceptional scientific, agricultural and administrative strengths that will provide strong leadership for the Leopold Center and for Iowa agriculture,â&#x20AC;? said Gregory Geoffroy, president of Iowa State University. At the FDA, Rasmussen has provided technical guidance and research support for regulatory decisions on drugs, feed additives and contaminants in animal feeds. He also worked 18 years as a sci-

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Iowa Pork Producers Association to host annual Taste of Elegance The Iowa Pork Producers Association Restaurant and Foodservice Committee will host its annual Iowa Pork Taste of Elegance on Sunday, January 22, at the downtown Des Moines Marriott. Eleven of Iowa’s top chefs will put their best original pork entrees on the line for the right to be named Chef Par Excellence in the culinary competition. The goal of the contest is to inspire new and innovative ways to menu pork at the state’s best restaurants. A visiting chef from Manitoba, Canada, also is competing, but only for the People’s Choice Award. A panel of three food industry professionals will taste and critique each entrée. The winners of the competition will be selected on the taste, originality and presentation of their entrée. In addition to Chef Par Excellence, the second and third place chefs will receive Superior Chef and Premier Chef honors. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three

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Various educational opportunities offered at 2012 Iowa Pork Congress The Iowa Pork Producers Association is offering a variety of educational opportunities at the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress. Several seminars and training/certification sessions have been scheduled during the two-day show set for January 25 and 26 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. All of the sessions are offered at no additional cost to registered participants. Several outstanding pork industry experts will facilitate sessions on Iowa governmental regulations, swine diets, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, animal well-being, 2012 markets and niche pork markets. National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council representatives will give attendees an update on what’s happening at the national level. Animal welfare expert and university communications and public relations professor Dr. Wes Jamison will present the keynote address on Wednesday, January 25. He will discuss animal welfare trends and public relations strategies for the pork industry. Pork Congress attendees also can attend PQA Plus® and TQA® certification sessions, as well as confinement site manure applicator training. The following is a complete schedule of seminars being offered:

Wednesday, January 25 Seminars Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case Update, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Diet Decisions for the $ and the Hog, 10:30 a.m.-noon Dreaming of a World without PRRS, 12:15-1:45 p.m. “The Power of Activist Communications: Making Meaty Messages” - keynote presentation, 2-2:45 p.m. Riding the Roller Coaster: Economic Outlook, 3-4 p.m. Training Sessions Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certification, 10 a.m.-noon Transport Quality Assurance Certification, 1-3 p.m.

Thursday, January 26 Seminars Animal Well-Being Decisions for Modern Pork Production, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Your Investment at Work: National Organization Update, 10:30 a.m.-noon Building Your Value-Added Market: Production Panel, 12:15-1:45 p.m. Understanding Contracts and Liens, 2-3 p.m. Training Sessions Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification, 10 a.m.-noon

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AUCTIONS MONDAY, JANUARY 16 â&#x20AC;˘ Bred Cow & Heifer Sale 11:00 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Denison, IA (D) WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 â&#x20AC;˘ Unreserved Online Only Auction at www.bigiron.com Farm and Commercial Equipment from various owners. Stock Auction Company (D) â&#x20AC;˘ Mowrey Action Co., Milford, Illinois,8:00 am Farm and Commercial Equipment. (D) THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 â&#x20AC;˘ Preconditioned Sale, 11:30 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Denison, IA (D) FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 â&#x20AC;˘ 220 +/- Acres Guthrie County Land & Home 10:00 a.m. at the Guthrie Center Community Center, 209 State St., Guthrie Center, IA, Farmers National Co., Alan Farnsworth, Agent (D) SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 â&#x20AC;˘ Special Hereford Influence Cattle Sale, located at Anita Livestock Auction, Anita, IA. 11 am weigh-ups, 12:30 feeders. Bernard Vais and Jesse Vais, Auctioneers. (AUD) â&#x20AC;˘ Estate Gun Auction, Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gun Shop, Pete Bell, Estate owner, Arcadia Comm. Bldg., Arcadia, IA. Schaben Auction Service, auctioneers. (D) SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 â&#x20AC;˘ Estate Gun Auction, Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gun Shop, Pete Bell, Estate owner, Arcadia Comm. Bldg., Arcadia, IA. Schaben Auction Service, auctioneers. (D) MONDAY, JANUARY 23 â&#x20AC;˘ 63 Acre Harrison County, IA Land Auction, 10:30 a.m. - location Shadow Valley Golf Club, 1930 Par Lane, Woodbine, IA - Donald and Carolyn Bothwell, owners. Randy Pryor Real Estate and Auction Co. (L) TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 â&#x20AC;˘ 240 +/- Acres Pottawattamie County Land 10:00 a.m. at the Ameridan Legion Hall, 112 North Elm St., Avoca, IA. Farmers National Company, Roger Good Agent, (D) WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 â&#x20AC;˘ Unreserved Online Only Auction at www.bigiron.com Farm and Commercial Equipment from various owners. Stock Auction Company (D)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 â&#x20AC;˘ G.T. Vac Sale, 11:30 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Denison, IA (D) â&#x20AC;˘ Land Auction, 287.2 Tillable Acres, Sec. 32, Knox Township, Pottawattamie Co. 11 a.m. Mark Peters, LLC, owner. Schaben Real Estate, auctioneers (D) SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 â&#x20AC;˘ Land Auction, 80 Acres M/L, Audubon County Farmland, 11 a.m. Brayton Town Hall, Brayton, IA. Osborn Auction LLC. (D) â&#x20AC;˘ 243.58 Acres m/l Pottawattamie County Iowa. 10:30 a.m. Auction held at The Twisted Tail Steakhouse, BeeBeeTown Iowa. WF Hunt and Saddle Club, LLC Owners. Spencer Auction Company, Ed Spencer Auctioneer 712.644.2151 (D) WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 â&#x20AC;˘ Tractors, Collector Tractors, Combines, Head, Skid Loaders, Forage, Hay, Feeding Equip, Planters, Asst Machinery, Vehicle, Trucks Trailers, 9:00 am. Wieman Auction Facility, Marion, SD. (D) THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 â&#x20AC;˘ Preconditioned Sale, 11:30 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Denison, IA (D) MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 â&#x20AC;˘ Bred Cow Sale, 11:00 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Denison, IA (D) THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 â&#x20AC;˘ Preconditioned Sale, 11:30 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Denison, IA (D) THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 â&#x20AC;˘ G.T. Vac Sale, 11:30 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Denison, IA (D) THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 â&#x20AC;˘ Preconditioned Sale, 11:30 a.m. Denison Livestock Auction, Denison, IA (D)

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Land prices driven by competition, emotion by Greg Forbes A farmer near Hull, located in Sioux County, made national news in December for purchasing farmland for an Iowa record $20,000 per acre. Leland Kaster bought land adjoining his own; it was owned by Clinton Shinkle of Washington State. The purchase price shocked everyone, including auctioneer Pete Pollema of Pollema Auction and Real Estate in Hull. Pollema expected the bid, which opened at a near record $15,500, to set a new record, but never thought $20,000 was a possibility.

“I was very surprised,” Pollema said. “I didn’t expect it to bring 20 (thousand).” Between 60 and 80 people attended the auction, which lasted less than half an hour. According to Pollema, the bidding for the 74acre plot started slow, but once it hit his expected price of $18,000, the bid shot up to $20,000 smashing the previous record of $16,750 per acre set in October 2010 for land also located in Sioux County, between Sioux Center and Orange City.

“I’ve heard it said that economics get people to the auction and emotions set the price.” ~ Dr. Michael Duffy, ISU Extension Economist

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LAND, from Page 1B The tract of land is desirable. It is uninterrupted by streams and terraces, lies on gently rolling terrain and is highly tillable. “It’s just a nice little piece of land,” Pollema said. Land itself, however, does not bring record prices. Pollema said sales prices depend not only on the land but the farmers around it. Farmers need land and auctions cause farmers to make a purchasing decision the same day as the auction. Therefore, farmers are more likely to pay a higher price at an auction as opposed to a private sale. Competition at auctions also influences the purchase price of land. “Prices we end up with are more reflective of competition in the auction than the income potential in the ground,” said Dr. Michael Duffy, an Extension economist in farm management at Iowa State University. Duffy said next to record incomes and record low interest rates, buyers’ emotions often affect selling prices. “I’ve heard it said that economics get people to the auction and emotions set the price,” he stated. Duffy further explained that bidders pay more if the plot is connected to their land or it is part of the family’s past. Sometimes landowners look at their farmland as not only a source of income but also source of stability and a sense of pride in ownership. “Is it a rational decision or not?” he asked. “Calculations may say no but there is more to owning ground than how much money they can make from it.” Although Duffy explained land buying is more than making money, he did warn potential buyers of the financial risk involved. “People need to watch what happens to income,” he said. “Don’t go out and borrow a ton of money. You need to be aware of how much debt is assumed.” Even with the risk of buying farmland, Duffy said the value of land is intrinsic. “You look at like this: if the world collapses, at least I have a way to feed my family,” he said.

Impulse selling not encouraged with recent high land prices While land selling for record prices is becoming a miniature trend, Dr. Michael Duffy, Extension economist in farm management for Iowa State University who conducts an annual land value survey, said sellers should not expect $18,000 to $20,000 per acre. “These prices may give sellers a false sense of what their land will bring,” he said. “They (prices) lead to unrealistic expectations.” In some circumstances, the record sales have lead to farmers immediately selling their land in hopes of a similar fortune. Families, mainly children, of deceased farmers have also tried to take advantage of the record prices.

“Most farms getting sold are the kids getting rid of it,” said Pete Pollema, auctioneer at Pollema Auction and Real Estate of Hull in Sioux County. Pollema was the auctioneer of the record-setting $20,000-per-acre land purchase in December. “They look at the potential money in the farm.” Both Duffy and Pollema advised sellers that $20,000 is an unrealistic price. The average value of land in Sioux County is $9,400 an acre. While record numbers tend to skew the average statistic, Duffy said smart farmers would realize the average is higher due to unusual situations such as the December record. Even with knowledge that record prices are unusual, farmers still fight the urge to

sell in hopes of receiving high prices. “Most people that respond to our survey recognize the unusual circumstances,” Duffy said regarding record prices skewing county averages. “But they’re going to have those prices in their mind (when selling).” While not all land will yield record sales prices, Duffy said average land prices have increased more than 32 percent in the past year but will not continue to increase at such a rate. Therefore, farmers need not sell land with haste. “High land sales will increase for the foreseeable future,” he said. “I don’t see a major collapse. It looks to stay steady.”

Cover Photo Farmland values are highly correlated with gross farm income, according to Dr. Michael Duffy, Iowa State University Extension economist in farm management. The preliminary estimated price for corn in November 2011 was $6.05, substantially more than the average corn price of $1.94 in 2005. Land in west central Iowa, shown in the photo, averaged $7,419 in the annual Iowa State

University land value survey, which was released on December 15. The statewide average farm value was $6,708, an historic high. For more on the annual land value survey, see the story starting on Page 6B. Photo by Bruce A. Binning

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Fieldprint Calculator helps show U.S. soy’s sustainability Checkoff supports free updated tool to help farmers meet customers’ needs

proven the sustainability performance of U.S. soy production. The checkoff shares that information with U.S. soy buyers to support sales. “All U.S. farmers are under more and more pressure from our customers, who demand soybeans produced in a sustainable manner,” explained Thede, who serves as team lead of the United Soybean Board’s Sustainability Initiative. “We need to continue to document our sustainability performance to our end users in order to maintain and expand our markets.” According to a recent checkoff-funded life-cycle study, U.S. soybean production proved to be very sustainable due to several factors. For instance, a soybean plant sequesters more greenhouse gases than those generated by the equipment used to grow, harvest and process soybeans. Additionally, U.S. soybean production and processing have become more efficient because of higher yields, more conservation tillage and reduced energy use. The Fieldprint Calculator can be used for free by all U.S. soybean, corn, wheat, cotton and rice farmers. First, it asks farmers to enter information about their operation. If desired, the tool can confidentially save any information entered, in which case that information is accessible only by the farmer who saved it.

U.S. soybean farmers now have an updated tool that can meet the needs of some customers who want proof U.S. soy has been sustainably produced. The soybean checkoff continues to support the Field to Market alliance and its updated Fieldprint Calculator, a tool U.S. soybean farmers can use to help measure, improve and demonstrate their sustainability performance. The updated calculator, available on the Internet by logging onto http://www.fieldtomarket.org/fieldprintcalculator/, includes several upgrades from earlier versions. It allows U.S. farmers to analyze individual fields and includes more advanced measurements for soil conservation and soil carbon. Additionally, the tool automatically provides a financial ledger that computes the economic impact of sustainable practices on that farm. It also allows U.S. farmers to set up a secure account to save their information for future use. Nebraska soybean farmer Mike Thede said that checkoff-funded research has

More information about Field to Market and the Fieldprint Calculator is available at www.FieldToMarket.org. The Fieldprint Calculator page is pictured above. The tool analyzes the use of that farm’s natural resources and inputs to compute its environmental footprint, or “fieldprint.” The results show farmers where improvements can be made. U.S. farmers can also compare their results with those from other farms in their area, state or the entire country. As a member of Field to Market, the soybean checkoff supported development of the original calculator in 2009, as well as the recent update.

USB is made up of 69 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Checkoff funds are invested in the areas of animal utilization, human utilization, industrial utilization, industry relations, market access and supply. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soybean checkoff.

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A two-time leader of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) was inducted into the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame. Bruce Berven, who led ICA as its top executive from 1978-1984, then again in 2006-2010, provided leadership and organizational skills at key moments for ICA and several other cattle industry organizations for more than three decades. He was presented the award at ICA’s 39th annual meeting in Altoona on December 13. Berven, a native of Hamilton County, earned two degrees at Iowa State University: a bachelor’s in animal science and a master’s in meat science. Initially, he used that knowledge as a county director and area livestock production specialist for ISU Extension. Beginning in 1978, Berven’s full attention was given to developing organizations that served and represented the cattle industry. That was the year, at age 30, when he began his first stint at the ICA. As the executive vice president of ICA during the next six years, he honed his talents in financial and personnel management to develop ICA into “one of the bestrun commodity organizations in the country,” said ICA President Russell Christensen in 1984. That’s because Berven had as the highest priority producer interests and control. As Christensen went on to say, “Bruce does his job with confidence, organization and with the strongest attribute of all good common sense.” Those three values - producer interests, organization, and good common sense - would be key elements to Berven’s work through 2010. Berven left ICA in 1984 to become the senior vice

Each year, students from across the state of Iowa are invited to submit their original artwork to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the contest. The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is the receiving site for Iowa. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2012. Regulations and permitted species can be found at http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest welcomes entries from students in kindergarten through 12th grade from public schools, private schools and home schools, as well as on an individual basis. The program uses art and science to create an awareness of natural resources and wetland conservation. Before judging, the entries are separated into four groups with 100 ribbons and prizes awarded to the Iowa winners. Artwork entries will be judged on the basis of artistic merit and physical accuracy. The Iowa “Best of Show” will be selected in April by a panel of five judges and then will be submitted to the Federal Duck Stamp Office and entered into the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest later in April. The national winner will be used to create the 2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. For more information, contact Doreen Van Ryswyk, at 515-994-3400 or Doreen_Vanryswyk@fws.gov. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, and mailed to: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge Attn: Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator 9981 Pacific Street P.O. Box 399 Prairie City IA 50228

president at the National Cattlemen’s Association, where he led the membership, marketing and meetings sections through 1987. From there he served as vice president of industry relations for the U.S. Meat Export Federation. In 1991 he became the senior vice president of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and oversaw the early years of the national beef check-off program. Then it was on to the California Beef Council from 1996 to 2003, and then the vice president of marketing for Harris Ranch Beef Company, a 120,000-head feedlot in California that had partnerships with 100 cattle ranches in the state. After Berven returned to Iowa in 2006, he was asked to again lead the ICA. The organization needed a trusted friend and steady hand at the time, and Berven put his financial and management skills to work. In a short time, he began to regain membersupport and credibility for the ICA and returned it to a steady base before retiring in 2010. Berven was nominated for the award by Kent Pruismann, a Rock Valley cattle feeder who is the ICA Past President and member of the CBB. Since 1962, leaders in the Iowa cattle industry have been selected for the Hall of Fame based on contributions to the beef cattle industry, contributions to the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, community and civic contributions, and cattle business accomplishments. Other events at the ICA Convention and Annual Meeting December 12 to 14 at the Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona included tours of cattle facilities, a Cattlemen’s College, trade show, several breakout sessions, and policy discussion and adoption.

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FOR SALE NE - 565T HESSTON, GOOD CONDITION, FOR SALE $3,000.00, (308) 874-4562 KS - FLEX KING 4X5' SWEEP PLOW, GOOD 1009 - STACKERS/STACK MOVERS CONDITION, $1,100.00, (620) 865-2541 FOR SALE NE - IH 560, 6-16'S WITH HARROW, LIKE NE - JD 200 STACKMAKER, $900.00, (308) NEW, $950.00, (308) 874-4562 876-2515 NE - JI CASE 308 4-18'S, CUSHION 1101 - TRACTORS COULTERS, $1,000.00, (308) 874-4562 1109 - PLANTERS WANTED TO BUY NE - MF 35, 50, 65, 135, 235, 245, OR 255 FOR SALE TRACTOR, (402) 678-2277 IA - NEW & USED KINZES, SORENSEN KS - AGGRESSIVELY BUYING JD TRACTORS, EQUIPMENT, HARLAN, IA, (712) 755-2455 NEWER MODELS, DEALERS WELCOME, WILL KS - 1990 JD 7200, 16R30", 250 MONITOR, TRADE, CALL FOR CASH OFFERS, (785) 776- MARKERS, IN-ROW FERT. GOOD CONDITION., 6176 $23,000.00, (620) 865-2541 FOR SALE NE - MOORE BUILT 16 ROW PLANTER KS - FORD 2N WITH 5' WOODS BELLY MARKERS, $2500. 308-380-7161 OR, (308) 485-4486 MOWER, $2,900.00, (620) 865-2541 IA -1957 IH 450 TRACTOR WITH LOADER 1110 - SEEDERS $3,250. 712-324-4225. FOR SALE IA - IH 560 DIESEL STANDARD, RUNS GOOD, NE - 4010 CONCORD AIR SEEDER. 308-360POWER STEERING, $3,500. 712-288-6442 0377 OR, (308) 282-1330 IL - LARGE SELECTION OF NEW, USED & 1111 - DRILLS REBUILT TRACTOR PARTS, IH, JD, MM, MH, AC, OLIVER & OTHERS. WE SHIP DAILY. FOR SALE PLEASE CALL, (217) 370-1149 KS - 30" HOE AIR SEEDER DRILL $3500. 40' NE - 2000 JD 7810 MFB, 9600 HOURS. DISC AIR SEEDER DRILL, $14,000, (785) 871POWER QUAD 3 HYD, NEW 20. 8 42 TIRES; 0711 200 HOURS AGO. FRONT WEIGHT, $54,000 www.iowafarmandranch.com OBO. PLEASE CALL, (308) 357-1102

FOR SALE KS - 1600 GAL. STAINLESS STEEL TANK FLOATER, $2,950.00, (785) 871-0711 NE - CENTURY 500 GALLON PULL BETWEEN, $400.00, (402) 787-2244 1119 - ROD WEEDER

FOR SALE IA - WINCO PTO GENERATORS, CALL US FOR PRICE BEFORE YOU BUY! HARVEY AT EDEN SUPPLY 8AM - 10PM., (515) 679-4081 IA - WINCO GENERATORS, NEW & USED, 1PH 50KW $4,170. KATO LIGHT NEW 1PH AND 3PH WINPOWER USED 1PH $1,000. CALL FOR SALE WES SEBETKA AT, (641) 990-1094 KS - USED PARTS OFF 45' MILLER ROD 1207 - PIVOTS WEEDER, DRIVES, TEETH, RODS, ETC. ALL FOR SALE FOR $500, (620) 865-2541 NE - LOTS OF TRADE-INS COMING IN. CALL 1130 - TRACTORS,TILL. OTHER PLAINS IRRIGATION FOR A USED PIVOT LIST. FOR SALE 308-382-9240 OR, (800) 584-9334 TX - NEW & USED FARM EQUIPMENT AND 1209 - PUMPS WITH MOTORS NEW & USED PARTS. SALVAGE YARD FOR FOR SALE TRACTORS & FARM EQUIPMENT. KADDATZ AUCTIONEERING & EQUIPMENT SALES. NE - 3/4 BERKELEY PUMPS WITH PRIMING KADDATZEQUIPMENT. COM, (254) 582-3000 VALVES, ATTACHED TO YOUR CHOICE OF NE - ORTHMAN FLAT FOLD 8R30" TOOLBAR, INDUSTRIAL 300 FORD OR 262 ALLIS $3,500.00, (308) 485-4486 W/RADIATORS, AND CARTS, (402) 364-2592 1202 - PUMPS 1301 - COMBINES AND ACCESSORIES FOR SALE FOR SALE NE - 3X4 BERKELEY PUMPS, PRIMING NE - 2 SETS OF JD COMBINE DUALS, 50 THRU 70 SERIES. 308-360-0377 OR, (308) VALVES AVAILABLE, (402) 364-2592 282-1330 1203 - PIPE MO - 1996 CASE-IH 2188 4X4, AFX ROTOR, WANTED TO BUY MACDON 30' PF, GERINGHOFF 8R30 CORN NE - WANTED TO BUY: USED ALUMINUM HEAD. WILL SEPARATE. 2100 SEP HRS., PIPE. PAYING TOP CASH PRICES. WE PICK UP (660) 548-3804 ANYWHERE IN THE STATE OF NEBRASKA. 1302 - COMBINE HEADS MINIMUM PURCHASE 1000' PIPE. CALL FOR FOR SALE A QUOTE., (308) 380-4549 KS - SHELBOURNE 20' STRIPPER HEADER, www.iowafarmandranch.com $5,500.00, (785) 871-0711 NE - 20" & 36" POLY SNOUTS, JD HEAD. 308www.iowafarmandranch.com 360-0377 OR, (308) 282-1330 www.iowafarmandranch.com NE - JD 925 & 930 FLEX HEADS. 308-3600377 OR, (308) 282-1330 NE - JD 853A. 308-360-0377 OR, (308) 2821330 NE - '04 CASE IH 1020 20' FLEX HEAD W/CRARY AIR REEL, ALWAYS SHEDDED, NICE, $15,500.00, (402) 787-2244 1305 - WAGONS/GRAVITY WAGONS

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FOR SALE IA - DEMCO 550 OR 650 GRAVITY WAGONS. CALL, (712) 210-6587 1306 - GRAIN CARTS

Guide Hunts, Fishing Trips, Singles

1330 - GRAIN HARVEST OTHER FOR SALE IA - MIDWEST PNEUMATIC. BRANDT, CONVEYAIR, REM, VACBOSS, HANDLAIR. NEW, RECOND, PTO OR ENG DRIVEN, PUMPS, AIR LOCKS, PIPE, PARTS, SERVICE. 5 YR LEASE OR LOAN AT 7. 1%. 40+ UNITS IN STOCK. OUR HIGH VOLUME MEANS YOUR BEST DEAL! WE DELIVER! MACEDONIA, IA, (800) 480-2487 1412 - SHOP TOOLS,WELDERS, ETC FOR SALE KS - BRAKE DRUM/ROTOR TURNING LATHE, $110.00, (785) 778-2962

Air Compressors • Heavy duty cast iron, no alum., 3-5 & 10 h.p. elec. Disc valves, not Reed valves, rod inserts, 2 stage, 60-80-120 & 200 gal. All compressors priced delivered.

North Central Air 619 S. Morgan, Downs, KS

785-454-3409 1430 - OTHER EQUIPMENT FOR SALE KS - ORTHMAN & BUCKEYE FRONT 3 PT HITCHES, $1500 EACH., (620) 865-2541 IA - 6 ROW 30 BUFFALO CULTIVATOR WITH GUIDANCE SYSTEM. CALL, (712) 210-6587 1501 - ALFALFA HAY WANTED TO BUY KS - WANT TO BUY: ALFALFA/GRASS PICKED UP OR DELIVERED ROUND OR LARGE SQUARE BALES. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL KEVIN MELVIN AT, (620) 546-3507

ALFALFA WANTED: Big squares or rounds. Chris, PH-620-253-2661; Toll Free-877-394-0890

FOR SALE FOR SALE NE - ALFALFA, 4X4X8 BALES, DAIRY IA - 25', 30' & 36' GRAIN HEADER CARTS. QUALITY, SHEDDED & TARPED, HAMEL HAY CALL, (712) 210-6587 CO CELL 308-962-6399 HOME, (308) 9621310 - AUGERS 5474 NE - GRINDING QUALITY ALFALFA IN LG RD FOR SALE NE - HUTCHINSON BIN OR TRUCK FILL BALES, HAMEL HAY CO CELL 308-962-6399 AUGER, 8-10", PORTABLE, WITH SPECIAL HOME, (308) 962-5474 ORDER OF 1/4" THICK FLIGHTING ALL THE NE - HORSE QUALITY IN SM SQ BALES, WAY UP. "BIG WINTER DISCOUNTS" CALL SHEDDED & TARPED HAMEL HAY CO CELL 308-962-6399 HOME, (308) 962-5474 HARLEY AT, (402) 649-6711 NE - KEWANEE 10" X 27', 7. 5 HP SINGLE KS - ALFALFA PELLETS, SUN CURED 1/4" & PHASE MOTOR, NEW FLIGHTING, $3000. ALFALFA MEAL, 17% PROTEIN; CHOPPED ALFALFA; WE BUY & SELL ALFALFA., (620) 308-380-7161 OR, (308) 485-4486 793-7701 WY - HAY AUCTION JANUARY 18-19. VIDEOwww.iowafarmandranch.com HAYAUCTIONS. COM, (888) 935-3633

MEYERS TRACTOR SALVAGE Aberdeen, So. Dak. 1000+ Tractors & Combines 400+ Reground Crankshafts 500+ Tractor Tires 300+ Radiators Large line of Swather, Baler & Cutter Parts

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CLASSIFIEDS 1501 - ALFALFA HAY FOR SALE - CONT’D CO - LARGE SW COLORADO PRODUCER OFFERING QUALITY ALFALFA HAY. TESTED. BARN STORED OR TARPED. AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND. 3X4X8 BALES. TEST AVAILABLE. UTEMOUNTAINFARMANDRANCH. COM. CALL BILL, (480) 905-0785 IA - HAY & STRAW AUCTIONS EVERY MONDAY & THURSDAY AT 12:30. ROCK VALLEY, IA. FREE EXPERIENCED ORDER BUYING SERVICE. TRUCKING AVAILABLE. ROCK VALLEY HAY AUCTION. ROCKVALLEYHAY. COM CELL: 712-470-1274, OFFICE:, (712) 476-5541 CO - HAY SALES, 2ND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH. LOCATED ONE MILE NORTH OF GREELEY, CO., (800) 791-2333 1502 - PRAIRIE HAY WANTED TO BUY NE - WANTED: PRAIRIE HAY, CANE, BEAN STUBBLE, STRAW &, (308) 325-2765 FOR SALE KS - WE STILL HAVE HAY FOR SALE. MIXED GRASS HAY, CRP GRASS HAY, AND CHOPPED CORN STALK HAY. DELIVERY AVAILABLE. 620-243-3768 OR, (620) 8423237 1505 - STRAW FOR SALE NE - BRIGHT WHEAT STRAW, 3X4'S, SHEDDED AND TARPED, (402) 245-7740 1506 - CORN WANTED TO BUY KS - DAMAGED GRAIN. HIGHEST PRICES, IMMEDIATE PAYMENT. WE HAVE GRAIN VACS. MINIMUM QUANTITY 800 BUSHEL., (800) 214-7788 1512 - SEED FOR SALE WY - CERTIFIED SAINFOIN SEED: CAN OUT PRODUCE ALFALFA., (307) 202-1569 IA - BEAN LADDERS FOR SOYBEAN SEED. PLEASE CALL, (712) 210-6587 1519 - CORNSTALK BALES FOR SALE NE - 3X4X8, NEAR MINDEN & LEWELLEN, NE., (308) 832-1563 IA - LARGE ROUNDS, MAKE OFFER, (712) 870-1124 1530 - HAY & GRAIN OTHER WANTED TO BUY NE - LOOKING FOR GRASS FOR 100 TO 150 COW/CALF PAIRS FOR 2012 & BEYOND. DAYS, 402-360-4154. EVES,, (402) 337-0817 FOR SALE KS - HIGH ENERGY LIQ FEED. 22% PRTN, 6% FAT, $155/TON. 15% PROTEIN, 7% FAT. TOP DRESS FOR HAY OR TMR RATION, $160/TON. NATIONAL FEED COMMODITIES. FOB ATCHISON, KS. MINIMUM ORDER 23 TON TRUCKLOADS., (888) 674-8279 IL - MADISON COUNTY AG AUCTION, BETHALTO, IL. HAY & STRAW AUCTION EVERY SATURDAY AT 11 AM THRU MARCH, SELLING WIDE VARIETY OF SM & LG SQ, RND BALES & STRAW. MIKE HAMILTON 618410-4293;, (618) 462-5556 KS - WE BUY DAMAGED GRAIN - GRAIN VACS AVAILABLE., (316) 640-3203 NE - WANTED-GRASS FOR 2012 AND BEYOND FOR COW/CALF PAIRS. WILL CONSIDER ANY SIZE. CALL, (308) 999-3673 1807 - HAY GRINDERS/PROCESSORS FOR SALE MN - HAYBUSTER 1150 TRUCK MOUNT GRINDERS, ENGINE GRINDERS, NEW/USED. PARTS SHIPPED DIRECT. BAKKOBROS. COM. (320) 278-3560, OR CELL, (320) 808-0471 NE - HESSTON STACK PROCESSOR 10. WELL PROCESS, BIG BALE, GOOD CONDITION. PLEASE CALL, (402) 869-2344 1813 - FEEDERS FOR SALE IA - 24' HAY FEEDERS MEALS ON WHEELS. SAVES HAY, SAVES TIME & SAVES MONEY! CALL, (712) 210-6587 1815 - WATERERS/TANKS FOR SALE MN - JUG LIVESTOCK WATERERS. THEJUGWATERER. COM, (320) 808-0471 www.iowafarmandranch.com www.iowafarmandranch.com www.iowafarmandranch.com www.iowafarmandranch.com www.iowafarmandranch.com

1815 - WATERERS/TANKS FOR SALE - CONT’D

GIANT RUBBER WATER TANKS Tanks made from used earth moving tires. Sizes from 6 to 13 foot. Can be open topped or drinker holes cut for frost-free winter use. Full loads can be delivered anywhere in the United States.

Guaranteed best quality & lowest price. Call

605/473-5356

1820 - LIVESTOCK BEDDING FOR SALE MN - BEDDING FOR SALE. DRY SAWDUST FOR DAIRY BARNS, DELIVERED ON WALKING FLOOR TRAILERS. WILL DELIVER TO MN, EAST SD, WEST WI, & NORTH IA ONLY. ALSO AVAILABLE SWEET CORN SILAGE, CALL FOR PRICES, (888) 339-2381 1830 - LIVESTOCK OTHER WANTED TO BUY KS - USED HOG OR SHEEP PANELS & GATES, (785) 778-2962 FOR SALE

We Buy, Sell & Trade Feed Mill Equipment, Rollers, Crackers, Hammer Mills, Ribbon & Paddle Mixers, Grain Handling Equipment, Etc...

G & G Sales

712-229-7452 1903 - OPEN HEIFERS FOR SALE NE - GELBVIEH AND BALANCER OPEN HEIFERS, (402) 879-4976 1906 - BRED COWS FOR SALE NE - I'M DEALING ON COWS COMING OUT OF DROUGHT AREAS EVERY DAY. WWW. BREDCOWSWRIGHTLIVESTOCK. COM OR CALL, (308) 534-0939 219 Angus Cross Bred cows, preg. tested in November.

FOREST PERMIT 219 HEAD GRAND MESA POINT ALLOTMENT FOREST PERMIT

40 acres below forest with water & pipe corrals

Flying Triangle Ranch 970.260.0892 1909 - BULLS FOR SALE NE - PUREBRED ANGUS BULLS, YEARLINGS & 2 YR OLDS. TC TOTAL, OBJECTIVE, ONE WAY, & PENDLETON BLOODLINES. SCHULTE ANGUS RANCH. KEARNEY, NE. 308-7081839 OR, (308) 236-0761 1914 - BISON WANTED TO BUY

BUFFALO WANTED All classes, any quantity

402-694-9353 1918 - JAN. PRODUCTION/BULL SALE DATES FOR SALE

Jauer

Dependable Genetics 35th Annual Angus Bull & Female Sale Jan. 28 • 12:30 pm at the Farm - Hinton, IA Featuring 190 hd. of maternally efficient, grass-type genetics: • 125 Spring Bred Cows & Heifers • 60 Two Yr. Old Bulls & 5 Herd Bulls

Roger Jauer

(712) 947-4357 www.jauerangus.com www.iowafarmandranch.com

1918 - JAN. PRODUCTION/BULL SALE DATES FOR SALE - CONT’D NE - RANGE RAISED GRASS-FED BULLS. DAILEY ANGUS RANCH & DIAMOND LAZY J RANCH. COMING 2 YR OLD BULL SALE, VALENTINE, NE LIVESTOCK AUCTION, 1/19/12, 1:30 PM. WEBSITES: DLJRANCH. COM & DAILEYANGUS. COM OR CALL FOR CATALOG, (308) 645-2712 1919 - FEB. PRODUCTION/BULL SALE DATES FOR SALE NE - KUCK RANCH ANGUS SALE. 2/14/12. NOON. LEXINGTON LIVESTOCK MKT. SELLING 65 HIGH QUALITY REG ANGUS BULLS. 60 REPLACEMENT QUALITY HEIFER CALVES. 6 BRED HEIFERS & 2ND CALF HEIFERS. ALL HOME RAISED. KUCKRANCH. COM, (308) 991-2234 KS - GG & T BULL & FEMALE SALE 2/23/12. 165 POLLED BULLS, BLACKS & REDS. 85 PB SALERS. 45 ANGUS-SALERS OPTIMIZERS. 35 REG ANGUS BULLS. 55 BRED & OPEN FEMALES. GGTCATTLE. COM, (785) 769-5312

Symen’s Bros Limousin 32st Annual Production Sale Amherst, SD

Thurs Feb. 23 @ 1PM Video @ Limousinlive.com 605-448-2524

2501 - HELP WANTED/NEED WORK

Do You Like to Farm?

FULL-TIME POSITION on progressive row-crop corn and soybean farm, modern equipment & non-smoking environment. CDL, mechanical, pivot irrigation, welding, and precision farming/GPS guidance experience helpful. Top wages based on relevant experience. Come join our team! Send resume and cover letter to farmjobapp@gmail.com • Gothenburg

Looking for ranch hand to work on well kept sandhills cow/calf operation. Southwest of Valentine, NE. Use four wheelers, nice 3 bedroom home. Good Wage. Send resume with references to: powderhorn@starband.net Will Fischer • 402-823-4270 88541 Powderhorn Lane • Nenzel, NE 69219

2603 - TRUCKS FOR SALE - CONT’D KS - 1976 FORD 3500 CAB & CHASSIS, $500.00, (785) 778-2962 NE - 1976 CHEVY TRUCK W/FLATBED AND KNUCKLE BOOM, $5,000.00, (308) 4854486 2604 - GRAIN TRAILERS FOR SALE NE - 1996 48' WILSON GRAIN TRAILER, 10'1" SPREAD, LED LIGHTS, 66" SIDES, GOOD TIRES & BRAKES, $18,750.00, (308) 485-4486 2611 - MOTORCYCLE FOR SALE

2502 - CUSTOM WORK/SERVICES NE - CUSTOM MANURE SPREADING. 3 TRUCKS & LOADER. SMITH & SONS, ELBA, NEBRASKA. CALL 308-219-0314, 308-2190353 OR, (308) 968-3300 NE - CUSTOM MANURE HAULING. 3 SPREADERS & A PAYLOADER AVAILABLE. OUR REPUTATION FOLLOWS US. KENT BACKER, (402) 499-8060 KS - ALFALFA: PICKED UP OR DELIVERED. CALL ROY AT PLEASANT ACRES AT, (620) 804-1506 2510 - SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION/SCHOOLS

ONLINE AUCTION Pickups, ATVs, Boats, RVs, & More!

jssymen@venturecom.net NE - DERNER ANGUS REGISTERED BULL SALE. 2/27/12. 1PM. BURWELL LVSK MKT. FEATURING SONS OF HARB PENDLETON, TC ABERDEEN, CONNEALY IMPRESSION, SYDGEN MANDATE, HA IMAGE MAKER, DERNER FOCUS 790. DERNERANGUS. COM., (402) 843-2384 SD - KOUPAL ANGUS 35TH ANNUAL PRODUCTION SALE. 2/20/12. 12:30 PM. AT THE RANCH 3 MI. SOUTH OF DANTE, SD. SELLING 180 REGISTERED ANGUS BULLS. TO RECEIVE A CATALOG VISIT KOUPALANGUS. COM OR CALL, (605) 3843481 NE - LANDMARK ANGUS ANNUAL PRODUCTION SALE, 2/28/12. 1PM, SHAMROCK LVST MKT, O'NEILL, NE. SELLING 45 FALL & 30 SPR BULLS. SONS OF: RAVEN ADMIRAL 1726, RIVER HILLS OBJECTIVE T199, GAR PREDESTINED, HOOVER DAM, AMONG OTHERS, OBJECTIVE T199 SEMEN FOR SALE, (402) 360-1028 1920 - MAR. PRODUCTION/BULL SALE DATES FOR SALE NE - MLM GELBVIEH OPEN HOUSE & PRIVATE TREATY KICK OFF SALE: MARCH 5, 2012. BRED & FED WITH THE COMMERCIAL MAN IN MIND! GELBVIEHBULLS. COM, (402) 879-4976 KS - CATTLEMAN'S CHOICE ANGUS & SIMANGUS SALE. 3/6/11. 1PM WASHINGTON LVK MKT, WASHINGTON, KS. SELLING 75 REG ANG BULLS: 40 18MO, 35 SPR YRLING. BEST GENETIC VALUE ANYWHERE!, (785) 325-2926 2101 - FEEDER LAMBS FOR SALE SD - CUSTOM SHEEP FEEDLOT: LAMBS & EWES TO FEED, FATTEN & GROW!!! SHIPPY SHEEP FEEDLOT. CALL KYLE AT 605-8420935 OR DALE 605-842-3967. WWW. SHEEPFEEDLOT. COM, (605) 842-3967 NE - PUREBRED BABY DOLL SOUTHDOWN RAM LAMB #175, (402) 336-2015 2208 - HORSE TRAINING WANTED TO BUY

Colt Started Colt started on cattle Horse breaking and training Problem solved Cutting and reined cow horses Ranch horses Ranch rope work Arena work Thousands acres to ride out on Clinics and lessons

605-430-0529 2305 - LLAMAS FOR SALE NE - ALPACA HERD LIQUIDATION. BREEDING STOCK, FULL RECORDS, VET CHECKED, READY TO GO. GRAND ISLAND, NE. FOR INFO OR A VIEWING CALL, (308) 382-5345

www.crankyape.com 2614 - BOATS & WATER CRAFTS

Cattle Artificial Insemination Courses March 15-18, 2012 in Ault, CO Registration Deadline February 15, 2012

March 22-25, 2012 in Ault, CO Registration Deadline March 1, 2012

April 12-15, 2012 in Lamar, CO Registration Deadline March 15, 2012 Contact Us About Refresher Courses Late registration fee: $100 Cost: $475 Classes Limited to 15 students

For more info or to register: Dallas Schleining (970) 420-0267 www.schleininggenetics.com

2601 - CARS FOR SALE NE - 1982 CUTLAS BROUGHAM, 138K, DIESEL, NO RUST, RUNS GREAT, NEEDS PAINT, AVERAGE RETAIL $3,300, FIRM $3,000, (308) 883-1477 2602 - PICKUPS WANTED TO BUY KS - GOOD FACTORY BED FOR '73-'79 FORD PICKUP, NO RUST THROUGH, (620) 8652541 FOR SALE NE - 2001 NISSAN FRONTIER PICKUP, 4 WHEEL DRIVE, AUTOMATIC, NEW TIRES, 188, 000 MILES, RUNS GOOD, $2,750.00, (308) 874-4562 2603 - TRUCKS FOR SALE KS - '59 CHEVY 60, V8, 4&2 SP, 15' B&H, 2 NEW TIRES, TUNED UP, ETC, $999.00, (620) 865-2541 NE - 1998 IHC 4900 TWIN SCREW AUTOMATICS DT466, DOUBLE FRAMED 182" C/T, READY FOR PUSHER AXLE & 22' BOX. $19,500. FISHER TRUCK SALES, (402) 4690789 NE - 2003 COLUMBIA MID ROOF, NEW 10 SPEED TRANSMISSION 12. 7 DET. , BLUE, ALLOY WHEELS, NICE! $19,500. 2000 99I EAGLE, CAT C-15, 13 SPEED, SLEEPER, RUNS STRONG! $18,500., (402) 469-0789 NE - 2002 FL106 GRAIN TRUCK, TRIPLE AXLE, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC, 300 HP, NEW 22' BOX, LL3000 SCOTT HOIST DOUBLE FRAMED, NEW TIRES, POLISHED WHEELS, RED & WHITE., (402) 469-0789 NE - 1998 PETERBUILT 330 GRAIN TRUCK, CAT 3126 6 SPEED NEW 20' KANN BOX, SCOTT LLC 2000 HOIST, 20, 000 LB AIR TAG, NEW RED PAINT & TIRES. VERY NICE!, (402) 469-0789 SD - 2004 FREIGHTLINER COLUMBIA 14 LITER DETROIT AUTO SHIFT. 2 9200I INTERNATIONALS 2005 & 2007 10 SPEED WITH SLEEPERS, ISM CUMMINGS ENGINES WITH 10 SPEED TRANSMISSIONS. CALL JOEL AT, (605) 350-1138

FOR SALE KS - 16' HOBIECAT, $600.00, (785) 7782962 2615 - AIRPLANES FOR SALE NE - MONI MOTOR GLIDER AND TRAILER, LOW HOURS, (402) 364-2592 KS - RANS S-5 ULTRALITE, (FACTORY BUILT), $6,000.00, (785) 778-2962 2618 - SEMI TRACTORS/TRAILERS FOR SALE KS - 1975 IH SEMI, 318, 13 SP, TWIN SCREW, 5TH WHEEL, (785) 871-0711

WWW.SWATREPOS.COM

COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT AT WHOLESALE PRICES SEMITRUCKS, TRAILERS, WRECKERS,FORKLIFTS,GRAIN TRUCKS, TMR MIXERS AND MUCHMORE!! 608-574-1083

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Pork producers celebrate key milestone Three county speaking out for agriculture cattlemen’s 5,000th speech helps reach groups noted more than 24 million for membership success The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) successfully ended its 2011 membership year at 9,478 members. “That was accomplished through the efforts of county members talking to fellow producers and supporting businesses,” said John Fluit Jr, of Inwood. Fluit is the chairman of the ICA membership committee. “The ICA has never been more active in protecting the best interests of Iowans and Iowa cattle farmers,” Fluit stated. “Many took note of the efforts.” Three counties were noted for leading the pack in several categories. Sioux County was noted for being the largest membership county (352 members) and the county with the largest number of new members (41). Ida County had the largest percentage of membership growth. County membership grew at 130.8 percent, with a final tally of 102 members in 2011, compared to 78 in 2010 Boone County Cattlemen’s Association had the highest membership renewal rate of 98.9 percent. Iowa has 97 organized county cattlemen’s associations. For the 2012 membership year, ICA has already passed the 50 percent mark in renewals and new enrollments. Cattle producers who would like to join ICA can call the ICA office at 515-296-2266 or 800-888-1730.

American pork producers are celebrating a key milestone that is helping millions of consumers understand where their food comes from and is empowering leaders for modern agriculture. The National Pork Board's Operation Main Street (OMS) program achieved its 5,000th speech. Arcola, Illinois, pork producer Pat Titus delivered the 5,000 OMS speech to the Ambucs Club in Danville, Illinois. "This program has allowed me to have a dialogue with consumers who rarely have any contact with agriculture," said Titus. "It's really up to us to tell our story and connect with consumers so they know we are committed to producing good, safe food, and to caring for our animals and the environment." Through the Pork Checkoff funded community outreach program, more than 150,000 people have heard firsthand from OMS volunteer speakers how the pork industry is working to improve how food is raised and to provide consumers with healthy choices. Media coverage of their speeches has reached an estimated audience of more than 24 million. "Without a doubt, OMS speakers have achieved a lot, thanks to their hard work, dedication and desire to take on new challenges, address industry issues and make a lasting difference for the pork industry," said Chris Novak, chief executive officer of the National Pork Board. "We've also learned a lot through their efforts and we're proud to be able to share that knowledge to benefit all of modern agriculture." Now in its seventh year, the OMS program has trained

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